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  • Mother Tree Sustainable Home

    Project - Senior Project class
    Location - Calpoly Pomona
    Type of Project - Residential
    Design Parameters - For competition use maybe
    Design Approach -

    Design concept is based off the concept of "mother tree", or "nurturing tree", where the actual house is inside a case that protects the house and the backyard from harmful sunray exposure without limiting the sunlight. The case also prevents the core house from being exposed to exterior fire, where the case can deconstruct itself after being burnt so the fire won't spread to the actual home. The house itself is also very sustainable with the use of solar panels, insulated glass, greenroof, and perhaps geothermal.

    I am a Landscape Architecture major, and I have no architectural background, therefore im seeking for comments and criticisms to improve it anyway I can. This project started off with just having the landscape done on a grey box, but it looked rather incomplete so i decided to give a try with designing the house itself. Thanks, any comment is welcomed, I might go to Architecture for masters so thats why im poorly attemping in architecture design for the first time and I hope I can learn something for you guys' comments. THankee.

    Tools/Programs- Sketchup
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    here is the side view perspective
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    • #3
      I'm a little puzzled that by aiming to protect the house from "harmful sunrays" (in what way do you believe the sun is harmful?) you have enclosed it within a greenhouse type enclosure with what seems to be limited ventilation!

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      • #4
        I agree that the sun may cause some aging effects to specific materials, but enclosing the house in a greenhouse seems more suitable for extremely harsh enviroments, and life seems to be doing just fine outside this house

        Also preventing fire might take some more than a few meters wide gap. I'm no specialist, but I'm quite confident fire can spread through air by floating ash and through ground by heat conduction.

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        • #5
          Sorry, forgot to mention that one of the clients is sensitive to ultraviolet sunray and wants a garden where they can basically stay in for the whole day. They lives closely to agricultural land and freeway intersections hence why I proposed an indoor garden, on top of that there is also the outdoor garden on the roof and the front and backyard. The top squared glass panels can contract inward to expose the garden to direct sun and environment whenever they want, im still working on construction details on that. And for the floating ash part, thats why the case is there to prevent floating ash into touching the house at all, there was a huge forest fire in the area around Chino Hills and there was another minor one 2 years ago, and a lot of the houses burnt were from burning particles in the air from the surrounding burnt trees and burnt houses. Thanks.
          Last edited by LandscapeArchitect; 01-12-2008, 01:07.

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          • #6
            Unfortunately glass is one of the poor performing materials in bushfires!

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            • #7
              To be honest there is a lot of work to be done. Your design for this home has significant issues to address which i'll leave you to figure out.

              First start off by giving a site analysis, context and photos then work your way up.

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              • #8
                ... and perhaps geothermal.

                I don't think geothermal is a real good economical issue. Shouldn't you propose an aerothermal solution (using the warmed air in the enclosed garden). Your solar panels sit on the roof : couldn't you use it as sun screens (filters) by integrating them into the glass pannels ?
                http://www.suntech-power.com.cn/default.aspx?tabid=384
                maybe a kmz could help to localise the project ?

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                • #9
                  Study Daylighting.
                  Look into getting Chings Building Construction Illustrated. You will find valuable info on azimuth, altitude, daylighting, thermal walls, orientation, building shape, etc

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                  • #10
                    All the above comments are right on (e.g. research daylighting more), but they forgot to mention that these are beautiful renderings. Nice job in that department!

                    I'd love to see some sections and plans so I can better understand the way the house is laid out inside.

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                    • #11
                      thanks for the comments everyone, they helped a lot, more helpful than any professor can be. I'll post a few pages of the final document.
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                        Last edited by LandscapeArchitect; 30-12-2008, 04:48.

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                        • #13
                          does the house really have to be in such a boxy shell, looks like you made a glass box, and threw a boxy living space inside. I know that the home is inside a shell for protection but I really think it could engage the outdoors a bit more efficiently, and also arrange it in such a way that it takes advantage of the warm air indoors, while at the same time aiding in better ventilation, seems like it would be quite stuffy indoors, leaving the only option to put an a/c system in, not very "green"...

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                          • #14
                            Hey LandscapeArchitect....
                            would you plz post Architectural Plans for your project...
                            so we can see the circulation and the sensory, Sun movement,Spaces...
                            =D
                            nice perspective and layout...
                            BTW did you use vray for sketchup when rendering it?!!

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                            • #15
                              the programs i used for the renderings are sketchup with podium rendering tool and photoshop to adjust the colors and adding in plants.

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